“A treat” —
about.com Star Trek guide
Roundworm is a professional-quality studio CD of some of Bob Kanefsky's best parodies — performed by a variety of vocalists and musicians, in many cases by the original songwriters. You can read the lyrics of any song by clicking on its title. This will also show the lead vocalist and original authors. You can also listen to a several of the recordings online.
- Acts of Parody
cts of reation
, which has a tune somewhat similar to “Drink Up the River” — and supposedly to “The Gambler”, though I don't see that resemblence.
- Nobody’s Moggy Lands
At a local SF convention, Steve Savitzky commented that it was hard to believe that
o an's and
was written by the same person who wrote
e's obody's oggy ow
I started thinking about how they weren't all that different (besides both being on the same
Scraps of Paper
album). And yes, I later learned that“moggy” is a proper noun, something like the feline equivalent of “mutt.” No one has ever suggested a way to fix the moggy in this song.
Just in case any of my victims needed a song attacking me, I wrote one for them in advance. Kathy was ready with this as a “response” when “Dear Departed” was sprung on her at a convention. ... Note how well Heather plays Julia’s vocal doppelgnger — if only the original
could be recorded like this!
- Mutant Generations
and a criticism of
It's unfortunate that two generations are growing up thinking that aliens will look like actors with bumpy foreheads and be cross-fertile with humans. I hear there's now a book on this subject,
To Seek Out New Life
- Something’s Under the Bed
p in the oft
Calvin and Hobbes
- By the Time I Get To...
(which is about an Apollo 1 astronaut reincarnated as a Shuttle). This one incorporates the intervening decades of Shuttle experience: “Before each quarter’s launch...”.
The line about “half the Roman pantheon” refers to “A Rocket Rider’s prayer” by Steve Savitzky (may Apollo of Embarcations forgive him).
- The Comforts of Home
(no bathrooms on the <i>Enterprise</i>)— both on
Ookla the Mok’s
- Eternal Flame
od ives on erra
The question of the merits of different programming languages has often been called a “religious argument”, except maybe by those who assume that there’s obviously One Right True and Only Way and it begins with C.
- Wise Men Feared to Tread
hen iants alked
— because if they're gigantic enough to let you “climb into some gentle hand”, you’d want to stay out of the way when “the giants danced in circles around the fires we built to share.”
- Mineral Rights
emon in the ark
and a satire of the Star Trek Classic episode “Devil in the Dark”
[episode now being released on DVD]
- Threes, Take 3
. Same story (from
), different slant:
The maiden watches helplessly throughout the whole attack,
Then hacks up half the hoodlums with one hand behind her back.
The lady makes a gesture, and the other half are fried.
Their guardsmen gesture back, as they lie dying on the side.
- December of Cambreadth
arch of ambreadth
about a team of reindeer with an attitude. While watching Heather record it, I got inspired to write
, telling how the reindeer wound up in harness.
a three-part song about the moral conflict among the three aliens in
The Gods Themselves
- Dear Departed
from the point of view of a necrophilia victim
- Black Flag
about housekeeping, from the point of view of a young cockroach.
a fibrous yellow mold, (Coloropus yukosporus) commonly found on expired cottage cheese. See also
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Do you think any of my songs from Roundworm are sufficiently demented ~
(even for listeners who don't know the originals)? You can submit a request online, on the
Dr. Demento request page.